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Turkish President Erdogan Draws Parallel Between Israel’s Gaza Operation and Hitler’s Holocaust

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), stirred controversy when he drew parallels between Israel’s military operation and the Holocaust, suggesting that Israel’s actions would make one “miss Hitler.”

Erdogan’s Strong Criticism

KIEV, UKRAINE – Mar. 20, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Kiev — Photo by palinchak

Erdogan has been a vocal critic of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, condemning it as a “terror state.”

He has consistently advocated for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Deadly October 7th Incident

(INT) Smoke and flames billow after Israeli forces hit a high-rise tower in Gaza City. October10, 2023, Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian militants have started a “war” against Israel, infiltrating by air, sea and land from the blockaded Gaza Strip — Photo by thenews2.com

On October 7th, Hamas led the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in history. In response, Israel launched its most extensive airstrikes on Gaza.

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Massive Death Toll

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Israeli officials claimed that Hamas’s attack resulted in the deaths of 1,200 Israelis.

Meanwhile, officials from the health ministry in Gaza reported that more than 21,100 Palestinians lost their lives.

Turkey’s View of Hamas

Credit: Military parade of the Al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. May 29, 2021 – Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories: Gunmen from the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas — Photo by thenews2.com

In contrast to many NATO allies, such as the U.S., Canada, and the European Union (EU), Turkey does not classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Notably, 22 out of the 31 NATO member countries are also EU members.

Erdogan’s Controversial Comparison

NEW YORK, USA – Sep 21, 2016: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the 71 th session of the UN General Assembly in New York — Photo by palinchak

Erdogan went on to draw a highly contentious comparison between Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s treatment of Jews and other marginalized groups during World War II.

He asserted that Israel’s actions are akin to Hitler’s, and even said that “they are going to make us miss Hitler.”

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Allegations of Western Support

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During an awards ceremony in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, Erdogan questioned the support Israel receives from Western countries.

He stated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wealthier than Hitler and enjoys support from the West.

Erdogan further argued that despite this support, Israel’s actions have resulted in the deaths of over 20,000 Gazans.

Netanyahu’s Response

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In response to Erdogan’s remarks, Netanyahu accused the Turkish president of mistreating the Kurdish people, an Iranic ethnic group.

He pointed out alleged genocide against Kurds and the imprisonment of journalists who oppose Erdogan’s regime. 

“Most Moral Army”

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Netanyahu defended the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as the “most moral army in the world” and emphasized their fight against what he called the “most abhorrent and brutal terrorist organization,” Hamas-ISIS, which Erdogan has praised and hosted.

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Turkey’s Previous Military Actions

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Erdogan’s comments come against the backdrop of Turkey’s military offensive into northeastern Syria in October 2019.

The objective was to push Kurdish forces away from its border.

The region in question was under the control of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Divergent Views on Kurdish Forces

Brussels, Belgium. 23rd Oct. 2019. Thousand Kurds protest in the city centre against the Turkey’s military action in northeastern Syria. — Photo by Ale_Mi

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization, while the United States regards Kurdish forces as allies in the fight against ISIS, a jihadist militant group.

Military Action in Syria

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Turkey initiated airstrikes and artillery fire into Syria shortly after the U.S. announced its troop withdrawal from the region.

The Trump administration defended the decision, citing the safety of American soldiers amid Turkey’s incursion.

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Erdogan’s Stated Objective

KIEV, UKRAINE – Mar. 20, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Kiev — Photo by palinchak

Erdogan justified Turkey’s actions by expressing the aim to “destroy the terror corridor” attempting to establish itself on the country’s southern border and to bring peace to the region, as he stated in a Twitter post at the commencement of the operation.

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